Translated from Gazete Duvar, Written by Kemal Can
The government seems to have set another agenda by not talking about an upcoming election – even saying there is no such thing – but with every action it takes, it stimulates discussion over this. At the beginning of the year and just last year, holding an election seemed a ‘losing’ strategy for the government to consider. But now, talk of an early election has instead made the opposition anxious.
The idea that the government will call an early election before economic and political conditions deteriorate to a point of no return has crossed the minds of the opposition.
A key concern being raised is whether the breadth of the opposition alliance will be enough, rather than whether the government will survive until the election. Meanwhile, it might be useful to ask why opposition party spokespersons constantly deliberate over the question as to why the government wants an early election to gain an advantage. Probably this approach satisfies the government the most.
Instead of forcing an election directly, the opposition’s repeated claims and assertions that ‘it can be advantageous or able to do so’ can be used as a useful propaganda tool. In all of this, the following questions come to mind: “Do you find the voters too naive or the government? Are you repeating this issue or revealing the unknown?”
The opposition’s stance seems to be because ‘it/they’ are desperate. But they do not realize that by acting like this, they are themselves suggesting early elections as a remedy, before any actual decision is made. If the opposition is confident of itself, why doesn’t it demand an early election?
Don’t current stances confuse the voter? Will they think: “They will not be able to do it again, Erdogan will find his way?” The desires of political interpreters and politicians complicate our understanding of issues.